For the five-year-old Jyllian Riendeau there couldn’t be a day happier day than this. Her father, U.S. Army Specialist Daniel Riendeau who is a soldier fighting in Afghanistan surprised his little girl in the middle of story time. For Jyllian her Hero Dad came to life the moment she hugged her father.
The emotional reunion at Manson Park School in Pittsfield was captured on camera. The video shows the attentive youngsters being told that a special guest has arrived. Moments later Riendeau walks in the room wearing his uniform. Jyllian immediately jumps up and runs into her father’s outstretched arms while the rest of the class looks on in complete amazement.
It has been eight months since she last saw her father and had no idea that her father was arriving at school. 'I really can't even describe how hard it is. It's easy to do it because it's your job, but being away from her makes it really hard,' Riendeau said.
It was definitely a priceless moment that defines the eternal bond of love between a father and his daughter.